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Professor Develops Tool to Speed Data Collection
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Professor Develops Tool to Speed Data Collection

The Computer Assisted Neighborhood Visual Assessment System is a Web application that helps accelerate the collection of research data. 

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons for Neuroscience
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Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons for Neuroscience

DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial-intelligence company, has revealed how it created a single computer algorithm that can learn how to play 49 different arcade...

New Display Technology Lets LCDs Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
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New Display Technology Lets LCDs Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks
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Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks

"What we really need is a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity." It's a sentiment that swells up every few years in the wake of some huge computer intrusion—most...

The Four Main Roadblocks Holding Up Self-Driving Cars
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The Four Main Roadblocks Holding Up Self-Driving Cars

There are four major obstacles facing developers of autonomous vehicles. 

Intel: Moore's Law Will Continue Through 7nm Chips
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Intel: Moore's Law Will Continue Through 7nm Chips

Papers Intel plans to share this week are meant to reassure the computer industry about the viability of Moore's Law, at least for the immediate future. 

More Watchful Eye Needed on 'Dark Web' and Cybercriminal Activities, Notes New Paper
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More Watchful Eye Needed on 'Dark Web' and Cybercriminal Activities, Notes New Paper

New research calls for increased monitoring of the Dark Web by security researchers and government investigators. 

Spy Research Agency Is Building Psychic Machines to Predict Hacks
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Spy Research Agency Is Building Psychic Machines to Predict Hacks

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is working on a new contest aimed at creating a system to predict cyberthreats a network may face ahead...

What Clever Robots Mean for Jobs
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What Clever Robots Mean for Jobs

For a long time economists maintained that new technology would not result in a net loss of jobs, but some economists now think the situation is more nuanced than...

The Plan to Find Alien Life in Europa's Icy Seas
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The Plan to Find Alien Life in Europa's Icy Seas

How do you solve a problem like Europa?

Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA
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Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA

There were no known eyewitnesses to the murder of a young woman and her 3-year-old daughter four years ago. No security cameras caught a figure coming or going.

This Is Your Avatar Speaking
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This Is Your Avatar Speaking

Last year, in a lab at the University of Barcelona, an anonymous woman was fitted with headphones, a microphone, a head-mounted virtual-reality display, a motion...

Tracing Languages Back to Their Earliest Common Ancestor Through Sound Shifts
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Tracing Languages Back to Their Earliest Common Ancestor Through Sound Shifts

A new statistical technique can detect when changes to words' pronunciations most likely occurred in the history of related languages.

Experts: Infrastructure 'Legitimate Target' in Battle for Cyber Supremacy
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Experts: Infrastructure 'Legitimate Target' in Battle for Cyber Supremacy

The leaders of the U.S. Defense Department, National Security Agency, and Cyber Command have all warned of the potential for a cyber 9/11.

Computer Science and ESPN: Sports and Technology Collide
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Computer Science and ESPN: Sports and Technology Collide

Christine Chung helped develop the K-Zone effect system, a computer-generated, on-screen rectangular box that serves as a strike zone for those watching TV. 

Computer Scientists' App Measures Our Online Footprints
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Computer Scientists' App Measures Our Online Footprints

A new app can assess how well someone's online persona matches their true nature. 

Document Reveals Growth of Cyberwarfare Between the U.S. and Iran
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Document Reveals Growth of Cyberwarfare Between the U.S. and Iran

A newly disclosed National Security Agency document illustrates the striking acceleration of the use of cyberweapons by the United States and Iran against eachnuclear...

Social Network Analysis Privacy Tackled
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Social Network Analysis Privacy Tackled

Pennsylvania State University researchers are researching ways to maintain privacy on social networks.

Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning
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Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning

In 2013, London's Natural History Museum acquired a rare Stegosaurus skeleton.
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